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    • The duration record for a face-slapping contest was set in Kiev, USSR, in 1931 when a draw was declared between Bezbordny and Goniusch after 30 hours.
    • Did you know that the beam of light shining from the top of the Luxor hotel is the most powerful in the world. The equivalent of 40 billion candle power, the beam is visible to airplanes from a distance of 250 miles.
    • On March 16, 1970, a bidder at Sotheby & Company in London paid $20,000 for one glass paperweight.
    • Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
    • At the turn of the last millennium, Dublin Ireland had the largest slave market in the world, run by the Vikings.
    • The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is 1,149 feet tall, making it the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
    • The Rogun Dam is the world's highest. The only problem is that it's located in Vakhsh, Tajikistan. Even downtown Vakhsh is off the beaten tourist path.
    • The Pentagon is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. It is one of the world's largest office buildings.
    • The smallest volcano in the world is Taal.
    • The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people.
    • Bernard Clemmens of London managed to sustain a fart for an officially recorded time of 2 minutes 42 seconds.
    • The longest street in the world is Yonge Street, which starts in Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and winds its way north then west to end at the Ontario-Manitoba-Minnesota border.
    • The Bingham Canyon copper mine in Utah is the biggest manmade hole on Earth. It is more than a half-mile deep and 2.5 miles across. An astronaut can see this hole from the space shuttle with his bare eyes.
    • One of the world's tallest, fastest roller coasters: Buffalo Bill's 'Desperado'.
    • Westwood Studios' computer game 'Command and Conquer' is the most successful war game series of all time according to Guinness Book of World Records.
    • Behram, an Indian thug, holds the record for most murders by a single individual. He strangled 931 people between 1790-1840 with a piece of yellow and white cloth, called a ruhmal. The most by a woman is 610, by Countess Erzsebet Bathory of Hungary.
    • The world's biggest trap (called a bunker in Europe) is Hell's Half Acre on the 535 m 585 yd seventh hole of the Pine Valley course, Clementon, NJ, built in 1912 and generally regarded as the world's most trying course.
    • The deepest canyon in low relief territory is Hell's Canyon, dividing Oregon and Idaho. It plunges 7,900 ft from the Devil Mountain down to the Snake River.
    • The deepest canyon in the USA is Kings Canyon, East Fresno, CA, which runs through Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. The deepest point, that measures 8,200 ft, is in the Sierra National Park Forest section of the canyon.
    • The longest bout of sneezing recorded was by Donna Griffith. It began in January 1981 and continued until September 1983. It lasted for 978 days, and 4,687,514 gesundheits.
    • The mother of all mothers? The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765 a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
    • According to the Airport Council International, Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, Georgia is the busiest airport in the world. Hartsfield served 73,474,298 passengers in 1998, followed by Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, and London's Heathrow.
    • The escalator in the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia is the longest freestanding escalator in the world, rising 160 feet or approximately eight stories in height.
    • Andrzej Makowski is the youngest person on record to receive a driver's license. He received his license when he was just 14 years and 8 months old.
    • As of September 1998, the highest recorded mileage for a car was 1,615,000 miles for a 1966 Volvo P-1800.
    • The A & P was the first chain-store business to be established. It began in 1842.
    • Christianity has over a billion followers. Islam is next in representation with half this number.
    • Groundbreaking is set to happen later this year in Chicago, Illinois for a new skyscraper. 7 South Dearborn Avenue will rise to a height of 1,550 feet at its rooftop and an additional 450 feet of HDTV Antennas will be attached to it's roof. This architectural marvel was inspired by the mast of a racing yacht and will sit on a 200ft lot. Currently the world's tallest building is the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas Towers measures 1,483ft.
    • The Corinthian columns in the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, are among the tallest in the world at 75 feet high, 8 feet in diameter, 25 feet in circumference, each built of 70,000 bricks.
    • The largest incense stick ever made was almost fifteen-feet long and six-inches thick.


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